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Spurs cruise to easy win over 76ers


November 11. 2013 11:47PM
The Associated Press



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PHILADELPHIA — Danny Green scored 18 points, Tony Parker had 14 and the San Antonio Spurs rolled to an easy 109-85 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on Monday night.


The defending Western Conference champions are off to a 7-1 start following consecutive wins in New York and Philadelphia.


Evan Turner scored 20 points and Spencer Hawes had 17 for the Sixers, who couldn’t give coach Brett Brown a better effort in his first game against his former team.


Brown spent 11 years in San Antonio, including seven as an assistant under Gregg Popovich and was part of the team’s four championships.


The Spurs didn’t even need Tim Duncan, who was given a rest in the second of back-to-back games.


The surprising Sixers are 4-4, a far better start than expected. Odds makers predicted they would win less than 17 games this season.


Duncan, the three-time NBA Finals MVP, had 11 points and 10 rebounds in Sunday’s 120-89 rout of the Knicks at Madison Square Garden.


This one was pretty much the same kind of laugher.


The Sixers missed their first seven shots, and the Spurs closed out the first quarter on a 14-0 run to take a 31-13 lead. Seven players scored for San Antonio in the opening 12 minutes, and that was just the start.


Rookie Michael Carter-Williams had a season-low eight points on 2-for-11 shooting for Philadelphia.


Pacers 95, Grizzlies 79


INDIANAPOLIS — Paul George scored 23 points and Lance Stephenson had the first triple-double of his career, leading the perfect Indiana Pacers to a victory.


Indiana became the NBA’s seventh team to open 8-0 since 2000 — two more wins than the franchise’s previous best start. And they followed a familiar script in the battle between last season’s conference runner-ups by dominating the glass, dominating the second half and divvying up top honors.


Stephenson finished with 13 points, 11 rebounds and a career-high 12 assists. George Hill scored 13 points and Roy Hibbert added five more blocks to his NBA-leading total.


Memphis was led by Marc Gasol with 15 points and Zach Randolph with 12.




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